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TEST DRIVE: ARBOR ABACUS

Early this season the good dudes at the Arbor Collective shipped a few Abacus splitboards east to Northwestern Vermont for a test drive during filming for the DTK video series. We were excited to tour a few miles on them as soon as they came out of the box; the beautiful wood finish, contrasting die-cut base colors, and floaty looking nose and tail outline, combined with Karakoram “K clips” and “whale clips,” made for a solid looking setup. After mounting up some pucks, dual heights, and Spark R&D LT brackets, the 156 and 160 were ready for some kick turns and knuckle-dragging in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and on the Gaspe Peninsula.

Beautiful wood topsheet

Beautiful wood topsheet

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THIS AIN’T YOUR GRANDMA’S JERKY

Krave Flavors

Beef jerky. What do you think of? A quick stop at a gas station? Gnawing on plywood that’s packed with all sorts of unknown ingredients? Not appetizing and not healthy.

We were excited when we had the opportunity to try out some of Krave Jerky that claims to dispel all of those notions. Krave calls it gourmet jerky and it doesn’t disappoint. Their natural meats (beef, pork and turkey) are expertly seasoned in unique flavors and are tender and insanely tasty. Some of our favorites have been their Garlic Chili Pepper Beef, Chili Lime Beef, Sweet Chipotle Beef and Lemon Garlic Turkey. It’s become routine to hammer a bag (or two) on the skintrack. Can’t decide which flavor to try? We recommend buying in bulk; the Sampler pack is a great deal.

Crushing some color coordinated Krave in between laps.

Crushing some color coordinated Krave in between laps.

Nothing like adding a little jerky to a pot of pasta after a day in the skin track.

Nothing like adding a little jerky to a pot of pasta after a day in the skin track.

BURTON HI-FIVE MITT

Its difficult to find gloves with a good balance of dexterity and warmth. This is especially evident when splitboarding in New England, trying to fix a broken tail clip in an arctic, wind whipped forest. The Burton Hi-Five Mitt strikes a dexterous balance when precision is required. Billed to ease filming and photography, which it also does, the quickly deployable finger zipper exposes your bare digits for playing with straps, clips, vents, or even checking your pins..

Quickly deployable finger zipper.

Quickly deployable finger zipper.

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HEADING NORTH PT. 1

DTK – Check Your Pins Season 2 Episode 2

Unless we get a late season dump, the storm of February 25th will be remembered as the best of a lackluster season in New England.  A few days after maximizing the snow in Vermont we headed north to the Chic Chocs on the Gaspe peninsula of Quebec, Canada.  We left early to complete the double-digit windshield hours and follow the shores of the St. Lawrence to the northeast.  A night in a cheap motel and a few Tim Hortons stops later we sorted our gear and set off to explore some terrain and ride with Vertigo Adventures, a guiding operation suppossedly light on frills but heavy on vert and powder at the northern end of the Appalachian range.


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HOW TO: FOLD A SKI

Before it became a DIY, and then a folding ski, it was a trusted powder companion.  Having managed to survive tours of duty on both coasts, its golden years began after the saw was taken to it.The right ski cracked from the cut edge in to the closest insert at the touring bracket last season breaking trail, and it was relegated to rock split status, which has come in handy this season as the East continues to get rain instead of snow.  During a recent tour, it finally popped and tried its best to turn into a folding approach ski during the 3 mile limp back to the car.  Time to start a new build…

WOMENS WATER JET CUT DIY 150cm BURTON FISH

Late this Autumn DTK operative Pokemontas decided she was tired of the flatlander fashion show at the “ski area”, and that earning fresh turns with her own two high speed quads was far preferable to a liftline full of freestyle ski gangsta bozos and too tall tees.  Due to the notable dearth of women’s splitboards on the market, she set out to rectify the industry’s lack of equality herself .  But what board to bisect?  Knowing there is no better board than the Burton Fish to pull in on when the tight New England trees are closing out, the choice was obvious.  A barely-used 2004 Fish was procured, the benefit of this model year being its stiffer flex, perfect for the typical loss of stiffness from being chopped in two.

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NOT STOCK

Brand new Burton Freebird 162 with Spark R&D LT Brackets, dual heights, Karakoram latches and Karakoram whale clips with string tech.  Ready for recon.